Body Parts: Os – 13 Words

ossify

become bony

And those ossified zombie monsters are horrific, even before we realise what they actually are.The Guardian (Apr 27, 2013)
osseous

composed of or containing bone

Do not all vertebrates require an osseous system?Burroughs, John
ossiferous

containing bones (especially fossil bones)

The fragments of egg-shells, imbedded in the ossiferous deposits, had escaped the notice of all previous naturalists.Humboldt, Alexander von
ossuary

any receptacle for the burial of human bones

But seekers of the macabre can bone up on Europe’s more bizarre ossuaries.Seattle Times (Mar 17, 2015)
ossicle

a small bone; especially one in the middle ear

Within the tympanum is arranged a chain of remarkable “little bones,” or ossicles.Hutchison, Joseph Chrisman
osteoclast

cell that functions in the breakdown and resorption of bone tissue

Normally, cells called osteoclasts clear away old bone tissue while others called osteoblasts lay down new bone.Nature (Dec 14, 2011)
osteoporosis

abnormal loss of bony tissue due to a lack of calcium

There appears to be scant evidence that calcium in milk helps prevent osteoporosis and improve bone strength.BBC (Nov 18, 2014)
osteoarthritis

chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints

Osteoarthritis is something nearly all of us can expect to face if we live long enough.New York Times (Apr 27, 2015)
osteosarcoma

malignant bone tumor

In 1973, at 12, young Ted Kennedy lost a leg to osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer.New York Times (May 4, 2013)
osteophyte

small abnormal bony outgrowth

That approach revealed that exercise does appear to promote the growth of osteophytes, or bony spurs, in the knee joint.Washington Post (Mar 1, 2011)
osteopathy

therapy based on the assumption that restoring health is best accomplished by manipulating the skeleton and muscles

Sam said, “There is as much difference between Osteopathy and massage as between playing a piano and currying a horse.”Unknown
osteology

the branch of anatomy that studies the bones of the vertebrate skeleton

In the meantime the skeleton has vanished from the room, and the science of osteology from our brains, leaving no trace behind.Tagore, Rabindranath
ostracize

expel from a community or group

It occurs when a person violates the norms of the community, and other people respond by publicly criticizing, avoiding, or ostracizing him.Slate (Apr 9, 2015)

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